Mick Jagger-produced documentary also nominated for Grammy Award
Asif Kapadia's documentary on Amy Winehouse has been a big hit with film critics. Now Grammy voters are adding their praise.
Amy was among five documentaries nominated Monday for a Grammy in the category of Best Music Film. Also nominated was What Happened, Miss Simone?, the Liz Garbus documentary about the late Nina Simone. Both films have been shortlisted for the Oscars.
Also making the cut with Grammy voters was the Alex Gibney-directed documentary Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, produced by Mick Jagger, Peter Afterman, Blair Foster and Victoria Pearman.
Dave Grohl's documentary series Sonic Highways also earned a nomination. Rounding out the contenders for Best Music Film: The Wall directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters.
The Grammy ceremonies will take place Monday, February 15.
Official news release from the Grammys, followed by the Best Music Film category:
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 7, 2015) — The Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMYAwards® in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year's nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy's membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martinreceives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations.
"The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it's gratifying to see the vibrancy of today's artistic landscape reflected in this year's nominations — a testament to The Academy's voting members," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music."
The eclectic nature of this year's nominations is perhaps best exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes to Lamar's thought-provoking jazz-infused rap, the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd.
For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com. Congratulate nominees and catch exclusive videos and content on Facebook. Join @theGRAMMYs Twitter Moments conversation using #GRAMMYs.
Best Music Film:
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
The Wall — Roger Waters
Amy — Amy Winehouse
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.